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Species Andrallus spinidens

Andrallus spinidens - female Andrallus sp. in central Florida? - Andrallus spinidens Stink Bug sp. - Andrallus spinidens - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Pentatomoidea
Family Pentatomidae (Stink Bugs)
Subfamily Asopinae (Predatory Stink Bugs)
Genus Andrallus
Species spinidens (Andrallus spinidens)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Syn: Apateticus ludovicianus Stoner 1917
Explanation of Names
Andrallus spinidens (Fabricius 1787)
established in FL, reported from LA, TX & OK (1)(2)(Mead & Eger 1992)
cosmopolitan (warmer regions), native to the Old World
associated with rice paddies
non-specific predator of Lepidoptera larvae (Manley 1982)
the earliest record for the US was the paper by Stoner (1917)
scarce in FL (Mead & Eger 1992)
There are 3 TX records in the TAMUIC, 2 historical specimens from College Station from 1930 (suggesting that it didn't become established), and one slightly more recent record from 1977 from an adjacent county.(3)
Mead & Eger (1992) examined a single LA spmn from 1975.
The OK record is dubious given that it was only reported during an ambitious all arthropod taxa survey of Ft. Sill by out-of-state entomologists.(1) There's no separate report of this insect from in-state entomologists.(4) Note the similarity of this sp. to Euschistus ictericus which has been repeatedly reported from OK.(4)
See Also
Euschistus ictericus (Linnaeus)
- Range: e. NA to UT-TX
Det. M. A. Quinn, 2017
Print References
Hall, D.G. 1988. Insects and mites associated with sugarcane in Florida. Florida Entomologist 71(2): 138-150.
Manley, G.V. 1982. Biology and life history of the rice field predator Andrallus spinidens F. (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Entomological News 93(1): 19-24.
Mead F.W., Eger J.E. (1992) The predatory stink bug, Andrallus spinidens (Fabricius) in Florida. Attached to Tri-ology Technical Report 31(3) (Full text)
Stoner, D. 1917. A new species of Apateticus from Louisiana (Hem., Het.). Entomological News 28: 462-463. (Full Text)
Works Cited
1.Insects of Western North America: Survey of Selected Arthropod Taxa of Fort Sill, Comanche County, Oklahoma.
Kondratieff, B.C. et al. 2004. C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.Texas A&M University Insect Collection (TAMUIC)
4.Checklists of Spiders, Mites, and Insects of Oklahoma.